Bali – Ubud, Monkey Forest

Here we are, the fun part of the trip. Well, actually everywhere is fun, it’s holiday! but BALI, is a city that lots of people have heard of. Bali will be ‘discussed’ in a more thorough way since it involves multiple area. That’s right, I wasn’t quite aware of the ‘areas’ until I’ve done so-called research for the trip. We’ll start with Ubud.

Day 1 – and 1.5

Ubud is the more relax area of Bali. Think rice-field, arts and crafts, nature, and yoga. Ubud is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours from the airport. Transport from the airport to our hotel, Tegal Sari cost IDR 350,000 (approx $35). Current exchange rate is CAD 1 = IDR 11,100. However for ease of conversion I used IDR 10,000. So for the transport, the booth at the airport seems very official, however I still feel cheated somehow as the hotel mentioned transportation cost as IDR 250,000. Anyway, it’s my bad for not arranging the transport for the day, under the assumption that the hotel charges more than regular price. I guess, I was just being a cheapo, so FYI, arrange transport from your hotel, OR book the driver for the day, and ask him to pick you up from the airport.

Related : List 3: Bali in 6 days

Let’s start with the hotel. Tegal Sari. I was plenty happy with the room and the view. Unfortunately the Wooden Room (Rice Field view 2nd floor) was already booked. But the room that we got, the Super Deluxe (Rice Field view 1st floor) was not bad at all. It came with a queen bed and a single bed to accommodate 3 people. Extra bed cost IDR 100,000 and extra person cost IDR 75,000. We had 4 people in the room and it cost us IDR 214,000 per person per night (incl. tax). And for the room, it’s CHEAP!

View from the Verandah - Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

View from the Verandah – Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

Rice field view from Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

Rice field view from Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

Mr. MonQ having a Cuppa at the Verandah - Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

Mr. MonQ having a Cuppa at the Verandah – Tegal Sari, Ubud, Bali

We spend a leisurely afternoon sitting at the verandah and only leave the hotel for early dinner. There are quite a fair bit of thing to see and we decided to explore the area on foot. Narrow and uneven pedestrian walkway, but walkable nonetheless. We manage to find Warung Rai Pasti on Monkey Forest Road (I did a research on recommended eating places in Ubud prior to the trip). There is no exact way of finding it, just walk along the road. I think it’s approximately 5 minutes walk from the Monkey Forest entrance.

Mr. MonQ Enjoying Bali Sangria, and Bali Rice Wine at Warung Rai Pasti, Ubud

Mr. MonQ Enjoying Bali Sangria, and Bali Rice Wine at Warung Rai Pasti, Ubud

Smoked Duck Wrapped in Banana Leaf - Warung Rai Pasti, Ubud

Smoked Duck Wrapped in Banana Leaf – Warung Rai Pasti, Ubud

The next morning we had breakfast at Warung Semesta, right by the hotel. Small tip, order local food. It doesn’t matter how much you’re craving for bacon and omelet, order the Bali fried rice or something, cuz the western food is meh, and for the price, it’s not worth it.

Related: Mr. MonQ Culinary Tour – Lampung

We then proceed to our morning walk, and went to Monkey Forest Sanctuary. There are A LOT of monkeys inside, and you do not need to buy banana to entice them to come out for a quick pic and whatnot. Be mindful of your belonging though, especially loose items like your glasses and any dangling earrings. A monkey jump onto me and reach into my zipped handbag. There is a small opening between the zipped portion and the open portion, and he reached into it. Smart monkey or well-trained monkey? Take a guess. Cost IDR 20,000 to enter.

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Mr. MonQ Hanging Out with the Peeps

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